A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme
Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)
Overview of the scheme
The government has committed up to £1.5 billion investment to improve the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon. This vital upgrade will relieve congestion, unlock growth and help to connect communities.
Proposals include a major new bypass to the south of Huntingdon, widening part of the existing A14 between Swavesey and Girton, widening part of the A14 Cambridge northern bypass, widening a section of the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury and demolition of the A14 viaduct at Huntingdon.
Update on the DCO process
Having concluded the Development Consent Order examination on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme, the Planning Inspectorate sent their recommendation to the Secretary of State on 11 February 2016. A decision is expected by 11 May. The decision letter and report of recommendation will be available here – National Infrastructure Planning website.
Communications survey - results
We recently ran a communications survey to help us understand how well informed you currently feel, which communication methods are working well (and which aren’t) and what kind of information you would like in the future. Thank you very much to everyone who participated.
We had 214 responses, which gives us some valuable feedback to work with as we plan our communications going forward. We acknowledge that due to the survey being hosted online, most of our respondents are likely to be those who are very comfortable using the internet and social media. This is reflected in the fact that the majority of people heard about the survey via a digital medium – website, twitter, Facebook or email.
While we will be looking at ways to improve the digital communications we offer, we will continue to issue information via other channels such as newsletters, community forums and the media to ensure we are reaching as many people as possible.
Key findings from the survey are:
- 47% receive all the information they need
- 53% would like more information
- Over 84% of participants welcome updates on the scheme and diversion information
Website, email alerts, newsletters and local press are all popular ways of receiving information.
As a result of this feedback, we will be:
- Holding more public events to keep people informed
- Issuing more press releases and advertising in local papers
- Working with partners to get information out in as many varied ways as possible
Full survey results are available on request.
We will be running another survey at the end of 2016 to monitor our progress. If you missed our survey, please feel free to email us at A14CambridgeHuntingdon@highwaysengland.co.uk to share any thoughts and ideas you have.
We are currently carrying out topographical, drainage, pavement, existing services and street lighting surveys. We expect to complete these in the summer.
These surveys allow us to map the layout and level of the existing road and assets (such as bridges), drainage network and adjacent land, so that we can fully understand the landscape we will be working in and finalise the design of the new road.
Surveys are taking place along the whole of the scheme route. This includes the land where the new Huntingdon southern bypass would be built and the existing A1 and A14 that form part of the scheme. Surveys of the existing route will require lane closures in both directions and, wherever possible, will take place at night only (usually between 8pm and 6am) to minimise any disruption to traffic. No heavy machinery or plant equipment will be used.
Surveys are currently scheduled for:
- Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April: Conington Road, Conington - two way traffic light closure, daytime investigations
- Thursday 28 and Friday 29 April: M11 northbound, junction 14 and A14 westbound, junction 31 (Girton)
- Thursday 28 April: A14 junction 28 (Swavesey)
- Friday 29 April: A1/A14 Brampton Hut
- Tuesday 3 May: Potton Road, Hilton - two way traffic light closure. Day time investigations.
- Tuesday 3 May: New Barns Road, Conington – narrow lanes. Day time investigations.
- Tuesday 3 May: A1 / A14 Brampton Hut Interchange – lane closures on approach to and on roundabout.
- Wednesday 4 May: Bucking Way Road, Boxworth – narrow lanes. Day time investigations.
- Wednesday 4 May: Swavesey roundabout - narrow lanes. Day time investigations.
- Thursday 5 May: Robins Lane, Lolworth – narrow lanes. Day time investigations.
- Thursday 5 and Friday 6 May: Bar Hill – narrow lanes. Day time investigations.
- Friday 6 May: Oakington Road, Dry Drayton – two way traffic light closure. Day time investigations.
- Sunday 8 May: A1/A1(M) northbound, Alconbury
- Monday 9 to Thursday 12 May: A1(M) northbound, Alconbury. Daytime hard shoulder closure.
- Wednesday 11 May: A14 westbound exit slip to southbound M11. Traffic will be diverted from the westbound A14 at junction 31 (Girton) to continue to junction 30 (Dry Drayton), where it will exit and re-join the eastbound A14 to access southbound M11.
- Thursday 12 May: A1307 carriageway closure. Traffic will be diverted onto the eastbound A14 to junction 32 (Histon), onto the B1049 Cambridge/Histon Road and back onto the A1307
- Friday 13 May: A1307 carriageway closure. Traffic will be diverted on B1049, Histon road to head toward A14, junction 32 (Histon) and then diverted west on the A14 to junction 31 (Girton) and continue west on the A14 from the Girton junction.
Examination of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme Development Consent Order (DCO) application ended on 13 November 2015. A decision about the application is expected from the Secretary of State in May 2016.
Subject to the Secretary of State’s decision, construction of the scheme could start in late 2016. We are working to deliver the new scheme by 2020, although some finishing works will still carry through into 2020 once the road is open (for example removal of the Huntington A14 viaduct). It is a very challenging and ambitious timescale, and in order to meet this programme, some work needs to be done ahead of the scheme gaining consent.
What is happening?
We plan to improve the A14 trunk road between Cambridge and Huntingdon. Our proposals include:
- widening a section of the A1 trunk road between Brampton and Alconbury
- removing the road viaduct over the railway at Huntingdon
- a new bypass to the south of Huntingdon
- detrunking the A14 between Ellington and Swavesey
- widening the carriageway on the A14 between Swavesey and Girton
- a new local access road
- improvements to the Cambridge Northern Bypass
- junction improvements
An options consultation was held in autumn 2013, followed by a formal pre-application consultation between April and June 2014.
Examination of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme Development Consent Order (DCO) application ended on 13 November 2015. The application can be viewed here. Information about the DCO process can be found here.
When and where is this happening?
If the development consent for the proposed scheme is granted, work is expected to begin in 2016 and continue for approximately 3.5 years to 2020. Additional works would be carried out to downgrade the existing A14 trunk road to the south west of Huntingdon once the main construction was complete and these would be expected to take a further 12 to 18 months.
The proposed scheme starts at Ellington, on the existing A14 to the west of Huntingdon, and extends to the Milton junction on the Cambridge Northern Bypass. It also includes widening of the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury.
Why is this happening and what will it cost?
The existing A14 trunk road between Cambridge and Huntingdon is well known for congestion and delays
- Almost 85,000 vehicles use this stretch of the A14 every day; significantly more than the level originally designed for
- Around quarter of this is heavy goods vehicles - well above the national average for this type of road
The government has made a provision for £1.5 billion of capital investment for this scheme. The proposals will be funded through a combination of contributions from Central Government, local authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.
How will the scheme be carried out?
We are experienced in the delivery of major construction projects and will develop a delivery strategy for the proposed scheme that minimises unnecessary disruption, inconvenience and adverse impacts. We will work closely with our stakeholders, including local authorities and others, to produce a Code of Construction Practice which will identify the specific issues that are likely to occur and the measures that will be used to address them.
What are the benefits?
The proposals for the A14 will:
- relieve traffic congestion
- unlock local economic growth
- enhance national economic growth
- connect communities
- improve the environment
- improve safety and reduce driver stress
- improve the environment in Huntingdon
- create a positive legacy for the region
How do I find out more information ?
More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.
If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 123 5000.
Should you have concerns about the impact on your property or land, details about the claims process are available.
The Proposed Scheme
The proposed scheme consists of:
A1 widening between Brampton and Alconbury
Widening the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury over a length of approximately 3½ miles, from the existing two lane dual carriageway to a three lane dual carriageway. This would be achieved between Brampton and Brampton Hut by constructing a new road to the west of the existing A1, with the existing A1 road becoming part of the new A14 Huntingdon Southern Bypass
A New Huntingdon Southern Bypass
A new Huntingdon Southern Bypass of approximately 12½ miles in length, which would provide a two lane dual carriageway between Ellington and the A1 at Brampton and a three lane dual carriageway between Brampton and Swavesey.
This would remove a large proportion of traffic from the section of the existing A14 between Huntingdon and Swavesey as well as Brampton Hut and Spittals interchange. The new bypass would include a raised viaduct section of road running across the river Great Ouse and a bridge over the East Coast Mainline railway.
It would include junctions with the A1 at Brampton and with the A1198 at Godmanchester
Handing the existing A14 trunk road to the local authority
The Highways Agency currently manage the existing A14. In our proposals, the section between Ellington and Swavesey, as well as between Alconbury and Spittals interchange, will be ‘de-trunked’. This means the road will be given county road status and run by the local authority.
Huntingdon Town Centre improvements
We propose the demolition of the A14 rail viaduct over the East Coast Mainline railway and Brampton Road in Huntingdon. A through route would be maintained broadly along the line of the existing A14 through Huntingdon, making use of the Brampton Road bridge to cross the railway line and by constructing a new link road from Brampton Road to connect with the A14 to the west.
- Widening of the existing A14 over approximately 5½ miles to provide three lanes in each direction between Swavesey and Bar Hill and to four lanes in each direction between Bar Hill and Girton
- Widening of a 1½ mile section of the Cambridge Northern Bypass between Histon and Milton
A14 junction improvements
- Improvement of existing A14 junctions at Swavesey, Bar Hill and Girton to improve the capacity of the road, ensure compatibility with adjacent proposed developments such as Northstowe, and connections for non-motorised users
- A new local access road, approximately five miles in length, to be constructed as a dual carriageway between Fen Drayton and Swavesey and as a single carriageway between Swavesey and Girton. The road would provide a route for local traffic between Cambridge and Huntingdon as well as providing access to properties and businesses along the corridor
|Government cancels Ellington Fen Ditton Scheme||2010|
|Department for Transport commissions detailed study of options for A14 between Ellington (near Huntingdon) and the Cambridge Northern Bypass||2011/12|
|Government announces A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme will enter the Road Programme as a tolled scheme||July 2012|
|Government announces a fast track delivery programme for this scheme||June 2013|
|Scheme Options Consultation||September 2013|
|Government decision to remove tolling from the proposal||6 December 2013|
|Pre-Application Consultation||7 April - 15 June 2014|
|Development Consent Order Application||Winter 2014|
|Development Consent Order Examination||13 May - 13 November 2015|
|Secretary of State Decision||May 2016|
|Start of Works||Late 2016|
|Open to Traffic||2020|
Information about what we are doing to protect wildlife and the environment along the proposed scheme.
The following consultation documents are available on the consultation web page on GOV.UK:
- Scheme brochure
- Exhibition panels
- Preliminary Environmental Information
- Preliminary Traffic Information
- Scheme Drawings
The following consultation documents are available on the consultation web page on GOV.UK:
- Public consultation report - executive summary
- Public consultation report
- Technical review of options
- Public consultation
Section 48 (Planning Act) notice - April / June 2014 Public Consultation
Public Consultation Flyer - April / June 2014 Public Consultation
Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC)
A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme - Scheme Plan – Winter 2014/15
A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme - consultation report
Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme
Appraisal Summary Table
Safeguarding directions have been issued to the relevant local planning authorities; this protects the land required for the proposed scheme from potentially conflicting development. The safeguarding directions can be viewed on the 'Safeguarding Directions' tab above.
If you think your property is subject to compulsory purchase or may be affected by blight, the following documentation will be of help:
Our road proposals and your property - This booklet explains the procedures the Highways Agency follows to deliver major new road schemes. It outlines how you can make representations about the road proposals if they affect your property.
Blight and your property - This booklet provides information about blight caused by major new road schemes and what you can do if your property is blighted.
Compulsory purchase and your property - This booklet explains the different types of compensation available when your property is compulsory purchased as the result of a new road. It also provides information about how the Highways Agency will deal with your claim for compensation.
Safeguarding directions issued to local planning authorities:
Your views are important to us. By working in partnership with you, we can keep you informed about progress on the scheme, listen to any concerns you have and take action to address them. We plan to hold a number of forums in the near future and will use this page to keep you updated.
Parish and Community forums
Aimed at local parish councillors, local residents and businesses in a variety of locations along the route of the scheme, we aim to cover topics of particular interest to those communities. Details of upcoming forums will be added here as soon as we have them.
Looking after the environment is an important part of our work and we will be running a number of forums to help us maintain close working relationships with environmental organisations. Updates on environmental work will also be shared in our other forums.
We ran our first councillor member briefing in November and have had two more since then. Details of the next councillor briefing will be added here as soon as we have further details.
To ensure you are kept informed, please sign up to email alerts at the top of this webpage. Once registered you will get an email to tell you whenever new information has been added to the website.